Aussie shoppers splurge record $47.5 billion during Christmas, according to ABS

December 2017 retail sales data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that Australians splurged a record $47.5 billion during the 2017 Christmas period. The figures closely align with the pre-Christmas forecasts made by peak retail industry body the National Retail Association (NRA), who predicted $48 billion in sales over Christmas. […]

Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan 2017-20

Have your say on the future of your region’s tourism workforce Jobs Queensland worked extensively with industry stakeholders to develop the Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan 2017–20. Launched on 20 July 2017 by the Minister for Training and Skills, the Honourable Yvette D’Ath, the Plan outlines strategies to meet the opportunities of a growing tourism sector […]

Countdown is on for Retail’s Night of Nights!

The 2017 National Retail Awards is only one month away! With just one month until the winners are revealed, preparations for the gala event-of-the-year, the 2017 National Retail Awards, have been ramping up. As the industry’s most prestigious award ceremony, the stunning gala dinner will be reminiscent of the Oscars. In front of over 400 […]

Forbes ‘under-the-radar’ trends for 2017

Retail sales increase

Source: Forbes Forbes recently published their seven “under-the-radar” trends for 2017 in terms of retail. Bryan Pearson asked retailers “What do you predict will be the stealth trends of 2017?” Here’s what they noted: The Menaissance: “We will continue to see men take the lead in spend(ing). Already, for the first time ever, men are outspending […]

Message from the CEO: 6 February 2017

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

This week, we’ve seen more upset for Melbourne’s Bourke St Mall, after the discovery of a suspicious package left on the makeshift memorial for the now six people murdered in the 20 January vehicle rampage. After the hundreds of flowers, stuffed toys, cards, photos and balloons were removed on Monday to be replaced with a […]

Message from the CEO: 23 January 2017

Swapping my air-conditioned office for the Malaysian jungle; electronic devices for rifles; heels for army boots; and my daily lattes for wild plants and ration packs wasn’t how I’d pictured returning to work after Christmas, but the Defence Force’s Ex Boss Lift 2017 has shaped up to be one of the most memorable ‘work weeks’ […]

Nominate now for QLD Training Awards

Queensland Training Awards 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards are now open. The Queensland Training Awards are a great opportunity for Queensland-based retailers to showcase our industry’s learning and development programs and commitment to developing the skills of our staff. Also, nominating staff is an excellent way to reward any workers who have achieved success through participating […]

Message from the CEO: 16 January 2017

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

As the excesses of Christmas and New Year make way for positive resolutions for the year ahead (eating healthily and exercising more always seem to top those lists!), we’ve continued receiving great feedback from our members on the pre-Christmas spending and Boxing Day sales periods, particularly in areas now able to trade with fewer restrictions, […]

Sydney to host major Asia-Pacific retail conference and expo

Over 3000 executive retail delegates and 120 exhibitors are expected to descend upon the revamped International Convention Centre in Sydney in March for an all-encompassing retail event. To be held over three days in the new convention centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Inside Retail Live will be a celebration of Asia-Pacific retail and a partnership […]

NRA HAVE YOUR SAY: Blood & bone marrow donor leave

NRA HAVE YOUR SAY The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) have made a claim with the Fair Work Commission (FWC), as part of the four yearly review of modern awards, for the inclusion of blood and bone marrow donor leave to be included in the following modern awards: General Retail Industry Award 2010 […]

Message from the CEO: 9 January 2017

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

Many of you may have been watching the media closely around the Christmas and New Year period especially in relation to what we can all expect within retail in 2017. It has been reported that Australian retailers would rather forget 2016, with a “trolley full of famous names including Dick Smith, Pumpkin Patch and Masters […]

Message from the CEO: 3 January 2017

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

A very happy new year to all of our members and to all of the retailers who read our newsletter! The question on every one’s lips is what we can expect in retail for 2017. According to Vend’s white paper, success for retailers in 2017 will depend upon whether they are: Promoting product quality, transparency […]

Update your employment contracts

Whether you’re just starting out, or experiencing changes in your workforce, the new year is a great time to check if your employment contracts are not only compliant, but effective for your business. Effective employment contracts should: protect your business meet your employer obligations clearly define employment terms and conditions, and help manage issues should they […]

Women in Retail and FMCG Leadership Summit 2017

NRA is proud to support the 4th Annual Women in Retail and FMCG Leadership Summit 2017, to be held on the 22nd and 23rd in Melbourne. Join us to hear inspirational stories, tips for overcoming challenges and strategies for becoming a better leader. Influential women in all roles from Retail and FMCG Leadership will share […]